Gender: Male Age: 53 Location: Las Vegas, Nv
|Introduction: Prisoner exchange gone bad|
I looked up as Amanda sat at her desk across from mine, “Word is there was a huge mix up with a prisoner.”
She lifted Dragon from the corner of her desk and put her in her lap. I glanced at the commander’s door, he hadn’t even blinked when I returned with Amanda. She had just handed him her transfer chit and he gestured to me, “partner up with Morpheus.”
So she had her desk across from mine. It was nice to have a partner, even Camdra seemed to like Amanda. The commander stepped out of his office and looked around before crossing the room. Amanda turned as he stopped and he tossed me a chit, “go to Mirror. Meet with Constable Towson and take custody of Ser Jacob Benson. Transport him to Echo and do a prisoner exchange for Denison Tio and return Tio to Mirror.”
I nodded and bent to grab my ready bag. When I stood Amanda was just standing as Dragon swarmed onto her shoulder. I shook my head as I started across the room with her following. She was carrying her own ready bag and we went down to disbursing. She grinned when the only thing going out was a liner with one suite and one bed.
When we were finally relaxing in the lounge after the jump, I opened the chip and started reading. She had been right, there had been a big mistake. Ser Jacob Benson and Denison Tio were identical right down to DNA. The only distinguishing mark was on Tio, a small scar beside his left eye. I finished and tossed the chit to Amanda who snatched it out of the air.
The crew and passengers began to come in and as usually one of the crew crossed to say something about Dragon. Amanda smiled politely as she listened to her speech and then ignored her. I shook my head, “Dragon is a registered weapon in the service of the Marshals. She will remain with us at all times unless you or your captain will sign a waiver of liability for any deaths that may occur.”
The woman’s eyes widened, “Of course if she is registered.”
She left quickly and Amanda chuckled, “She wouldn’t hurt anyone unless they threatened you.”
I smiled and sat back, “you would be surprised.”
I noticed a quiet woman that began to watch us. She almost seemed to blend into the background. Dragon hissed and Amanda whispered, “I know Dragon but she is only a watcher.”
I smiled and stood before crossing to the woman, “May I help you gently lady.”
She acted surprised, “No, why do you ask?”
I shook my head, “Because I always know when someone watches or follows me.”
She smiled, “But I was just sitting here minding my own...”
I held up a hand, “You were in the starport and bought a ticket at the last minute. You have tried to keep a constant eye on us. I don’t know who or why yet and don’t really care at this point, the watching stops.”
I turned and crossed to leave and Amanda was already up and walking out. The woman disappeared after that but somehow I knew she would be there after we landed. Our time on the liner was nice, we even ate dinner with the captain several times. She was impressed with Dragon after she hissed at a waitress bringing a meal and refused to let her eat it. It turned out something was wrong and the food was bad.
We took the first shuttle down to Mirror and used a marshal vehicle to go to the central detention. Dragon rode my shoulder as we walked through the doors and I touched my badge to the alarm pad. Amanda was following and waiting until we were clear of the door, “we have another watcher.”
I nodded, “it’s that woman using a disguise.”
A short wide man met us beside the lifts, “Marshals.”
I nodded, “Constable.”
He frowned at Dragon and then his eyes widened, “Your Morpheus.”
I smiled, “Yes.”
He grinned and held out his hand, “I am really glad its you then. Ser Benson is small stuff but our man Tio is a different story. He has people that want him free and money to make it happen.”
Amanda snorted, “Not with us.”
The constable glanced at her and nodded, “I know but they will try force or coercion.”
She smiled, “That won’t work either.”
I smiled, “Where is Ser Benson?”
He turned to the lift as he waved to a guard. A moment later a guard and another man in a plain jumpsuit appeared. As they came close Dragon leaped and flew the few feet to drop onto the prisoner’s shoulders.
He jerked back and I reached out to grab his jumpsuit, “Dragon is your protector and keeper. She has two bites, she can stun you and put you in stasis or she can kill you. Do what we tell you and you will be safe. Try to escape or fight and you will suffer for it.”
He swallowed and finally looked away from Dragon to me before nodding. I turned him and pushed him towards Amanda. I took the screen from the guard and signed for the prisoner and nodded to constable Towson, “I’ll see you when we return.”
He nodded and I headed for the door with Amanda pushing Ser Benson in front of her. I stepped out and looked around carefully before nodding and walking towards the vehicle as Amanda pushed Ser Benson out the door. We had a tight schedule since the liner heading to Echo was already loading.
We were on the last shuttle up and I knew the watcher was frustrated since there was no other suites available on the liner. We took turns watching Ser Benson during the trip but he didn’t give us any problems, he almost seemed relieved. We took the first shuttle down and walked to the marshal vehicle with our prisoner between us.
The central prison was at the extreme edge of the huge city. As soon as I stepped out of the vehicle and glanced around I know there would be trouble. I nodded and Amanda pulled Ser Benson out. I sent Dragon a command and she leaped into the air as I headed towards the main doors, “On your toes Amanda.”
She hissed, “I see them.”
I glanced around, “They might wait for us to leave but I wouldn’t count on it.”
When we walked through the front doors I touched the door pad with my badge before pushing Ser Benson towards the armored glass booth with a guard. The lobby guard smiled almost snidely as I slipped the prisoner’s transfer screen through slot. The guard look at the information and turned to make a call.
The guard that led the prisoner out of the lift looked pissed. The prisoner almost seemed arrogant. Another suited man stepped out of the lift and started towards us. I spun and shoved Ser Benson to the floor as Amanda tackled the other prisoner. The front windows shattered as projectiles ripped through the lobby.
It was only for a second and then I was heading towards the front of the building, “Secure them Amanda.”
I absently shot the guard lifting his weapon towards me and stepped out to see both gunmen stiff. I nodded and looked at several guards spilling out of the building, “Take those two. Their in stasis right now.”
I turned to walk back in, “And do a scan on this guard.”
Amanda had both prisoners down and her weapon out. Dragon flew through the broken window and landed on my shoulder. I nodded to the warden as he stood, “That was round one.”
His prisoner turned his head to smile, “It isn’t over.”
I knelt and held out a vial, “My name is Marshal Morpheus. I’m sure your sources have told you who I am. This is a poison, if I don’t give you the antidote or a suppressant in three days you will die.”
I touched the injector to his neck as he stiffened. The warden opened his mouth as I stood and winked. He closed his mouth and then smiled, “Well, Mister Tio it has been a pleasure.”
I signed over Ser Benson and signed for Denison Tio. We had already checked departing ships and pulled our prisoner out and to our vehicle. Dragon took flight as we turned in the vehicle and we started our walk into the starport. I smiled as the seemingly old woman jerked and froze before Dragon dropped off her back and flew to me.
Amanda grinned, “Serves the nosy bitch right.”
I knew whoever these people were they would be scrambling and probably had already booked room on the only ship leaving for Mirror. We were in the large ticketing lobby when the striker team tried to take Tio. Dragon leaped into the air as Amanda shoved Tio down and both my hands came up with weapons.
I killed the first two that came from behind a ticket counter and then another rushing us from a doorway. Amanda took two more down that were dropping through ceiling grates. The crowd of people were running and screaming as we knelt and scanned the area around us. I felt when Dragon struck and took out another man fighting through the crowd.
Finally it was clear and Amanda and I both killed the last two men lifting assault rifles. I stood and looked around before putting one weapon away and nodding to Amanda, “Time to move.”
She snarled and yanked Tio up, “come on you!”
Dragon didn’t return to land and kept flying around us as I started for the gates and two port guards that looked wide eyed. I flashed my badge, “try to keep everyone away.”
One nodded hastily before we were past them and stepping onto a slide. Dragon dropped to Tio’s shoulder and hissed in his ear. Amanda grinned, “Not yet, wait to kill him when we reach Mirror.”
Tio flinched as I stepped off the slide and he was pulled off after me. I had been thinking ahead so the gate we stopped at was already loading. What Tio and his people didn’t know was the liner it went to wasn’t going directly to Mirror. The cabin we were put in was small with one bed. Amanda and I dropped our bags before pulling him to the jump room.
During the trip I made arrangements for a ship to ship transfer when we reached the system we were heading for. Every three days I made a point of using a tiny vial I told Tio was a suppressant to keep the poison I had given him inactive. Amanda and I took turns watching and sleeping.
When we reached the next system we waited until everyone had left before the captain sent his private cutter across to the cargo ship with us. This time we had an empty crew cabin and strapped Tio to the bed most of the time. When the large cargo shuttle landed Amanda jerked Tio up as Dragon hissed in his ear.
We hadn’t called ahead so no one knew we were coming. I led the way off the shuttle and onto the hot tarmac before starting for a distant gate. When I picked up our vehicle Amanda nodded to Dragon and she turned and bit Tio. He had a shocked look on his face as he went into stasis. I grinned as I lifted and turned to head toward the center of the city.
I wasn’t planning to walk in the front door this time and landed on the marshal’s pad on the roof. I nodded to Amanda and she slipped out and crossed to open the door. I moved around to open Tio’s door before pulling him out and over my shoulder. Dragon leaped into the air and flew towards Amanda and through the door as she opened it.
I stopped as I heard and felt Dragon’s warning, “intruders.”
Amanda spun as firing broke out inside. She stepped in to start shooting and I dropped Tio to follow her. Six men and women lay sprawled on the floor by the unopened marshal’s door. Dragon flew out to land on my shoulder with an angry hiss. I turned back to Tio as I glanced around and then up at a vehicle flying high above us, “Stay inside Amanda!”
I grabbed Tio after squatting and yanked him up and onto my shoulder as Dragon flew towards the open door. I walked towards the door and didn’t even slow when bullets impacted the roof in front of me. Amanda leaned out the door and fired up as I moved past her and then she slammed the door closed.
Once we were down to the marshals floor Amanda opened the door. I walked through and down to the lift before hesitating, “I think we need to use the court monitors to check below.”
Amanda looked at me, “You think they are waiting below?”
I looked at her and she grinned, “me too.”
I turned and walked back to the marshal’s holding cells and dumped Tio before shoving him inside one. I walked into the lounge area to see Amanda using a screen. She glanced at me, “Nothing in the lobby but there are several dozen armed men around in front of the building.”
I nodded and opened a comm, “Constable Towson.”
It was several moments before he answered, “Marshal?”
I sat down as Dragon landed and slipped into my lap, “yes, there were a few men waiting on the roof and we see a few in front of the building.”
“We see them.”
I grinned at Amanda, “Would you like me to authorize puke gas?”
He laughed, “Sounds like fun.”
Amanda was grinning as she accessed the database. A minute later she nodded and I headed to the cells as she followed. Dragon climbed to my shoulder until I opened the cell and started to pull Tio out. She leaped and glided to Amanda before climbing to her shoulder. Tio was still paralyzed and in stasis so I lifted him onto my shoulder.
Amanda used the lift and dropped down before me. When I walked out of the lift the men outside started to rush the building before stumbling. They dropped to the ground heaving and vomiting as I nodded to Amanda. She led the way across to the constables waiting by one of the courtrooms.
I dropped Tio and used a tiny vial to bring him out of stasis. I stood when constable Towson stepped forward. Amanda pulled a comp screen from inside her shirt and handed it to him. He was grinning when he signed for the prisoner. A couple of constables pulled him up and shoved him towards the courtroom door.
I looked at constable Towson, “I would have your response teams standing by.”
He grinned, “Their on their way with a company of Commandos supporting them.”
I nodded and turned to the lift, “If you would have your coroner retrieve the bodies on the roof and in the marshals stairwell we would be thankful.”
Once we were back upstairs Amanda grinned, “I have never seen puke gas work for real.”
I smiled and crossed to a seat before calling Canis VI. Amanda disappeared with Dragon but I knew it was for a warm shower, Dragon liked those. I glanced at the holograph of the commander, “We turned Denison Tio over. The next ship back isn’t scheduled for a couple of days.”
He smiled, “Any problems I should know about beside the incident in the starport on Echo?”
I shrugged, “A few men were waiting when we got here. They were on the roof and in the marshals stairwell. We also used the marshals authorization for puke gas outside the front of the building to detour an attack.”
He grinned, “How did the constables like the new gas?”
I laughed, “They loved it. The men that attacked didn’t see it until they ran into it.”
He sighed and glanced to the side, “Well, finish up there and get back, we have a couple of things brewing.”
I nodded as the holograph vanished and then there was a loud explosion that shook the building. I sighed and opened the building security vid feeds. I glanced at a small battle going on in front of the building. I shook my head, “I have had enough, Computer?”
I glanced at Amanda as she came out wrapped in a towel and waved her back, “I would like to speak to Judge Mellon.”
“One moment Marshal, he is hearing a case.”
I sat back and waited as Commandoes in full armor swept in and the battle ended. I looked at the holograph as the old Judge appeared, “I’m a little busy Morpheus.”
I smiled, “You are always busy sir. We and the system constables of Echo and Mirror have a problem. Denison Tio has people using his finances to attack and try to free him. I would like a court block on his accounts.”
He frowned, “interfering in private accounts is frowned upon Morpheus... but if he or someone associated with him is using it to deter peace officers...”
I waited and he nodded, “I’ll authorize it.”
I nodded, “thank you sir.”
I entered Tio’s name and info into the system and a moment later it flashed red. I nodded to the holograph again before the judge disappeared. I opened a building comm, “constable Towson.”
When he came on I told him about the Imperial freeze of all accounts for Tio. He actually grinned before thanking me. It was much later when Amanda and I went down to the lobby. We stepped out of the lift as Tio and four guards that were supposed to escort him to the planetary prison came out of the courtroom. There were still several constables by the front doors.
The four guards began shooting and Amanda and I both reacted. I pulled my weapon and shot two and Amanda shot one before the last guard spun towards us. Tio had gone from grinning to white faced as he dove for the floor. Amanda and I shot the last guard at the same time and I started for Tio as he reached for a dropped weapon.
Dragon dropped onto his upper back and bit into his neck. He froze in mid scream and I knelt to pull the weapon out of his hand. Dragon leaped and flew towards Amanda as I grabbed Tio. I was lifting him to my shoulder when something made me drop. The front glass shattered and the guards left alive dropped to the ground.
The front of the building across from us exploded as a commando fired into it with a plasma arc. I shifted and turned to check Tio and found the neat hole through his shoulder. I shook my head and yanked him up as I stood, “I’m tired of this. I think we are taking him to the prison ourselves.”
Amanda came to her feet and moved to the lift quickly. I followed with Tio over my shoulder and Dragon dropped to cling to my shirt. I glanced at her patting the small neat hole through my own shoulder, “It didn’t hit anything vital.”
I stepped out onto the roof to see Amanda already in the vehicle. I looked around before crossing and dumping Tio in the open back door. Dragon hissed as she leaped onto his body and I walked around to climb in. Amanda lifted and spun the vehicle before slamming us back by accelerating away at full speed.
She glanced at me, “How bad?”
I looked down at my shoulder, “Tio took most of it.”
She frowned but didn’t say anything. I pulled my comm, “constable Towson.”
“Marshal Morpheus? Tio escaped.”
I smiled, “We have him and are on the way to your prison. They need to have a doctor standing by.”
“They’ll be waiting. We are already getting his lawyers screaming about the frozen account.”
I shook my head, “They can appeal but I seriously doubt the judge will unfreeze it now that a marshal has been injured.”
Constable Towson was quiet, “Your partner?”
She snorted and I grinned, “have someone bring Tio’s screen to the prison.”
I shut the comm off and Amanda turned and dropped down right next to the front door of the prison complex. I opened my door and stepped out before opening the back door and pulling Tio out. Amanda came out my door and opened the building door as I shouldered Tio. I walked in as guards and a doctor crossed to us quickly.
I dumped Tio on the float gurney and blinked as the doctor ignored him to turn me. He was looking at the slightly leaking hole through my suit and started to pull it off. I caught his hands, “Wait.”
I looked at Amanda and she moved the guards back before nodding to me. I carefully pulled the jacket off and then the shirt followed by a light thin under shirt that was actually a mesh. The doctor turned me to look for the exit wound and snorted, “it’s still in you.”
I shifted and reached into the lining of my jacket. The slim bladed knife I pulled out almost shimmered. I looked at the doctor before handing the blade to him, “push it in to touch the blade to the pellet and then slowly pull it out.”
He opened his mouth and I nodded to Tio, “He needs to be taken to a secure site and I can wait.”
The guards were looking at each other as the doctor looked at the knife, “I have never seen... this is a retractor?”
Amanda shook her head, “I think he carries everything but a sink.”
The doctor looked at her before smiling and suddenly pushing the blade into the wound. I held still and pushed the pain away as he slowly pulled back. A small pellet was on the tip of the blade and I held out my hand. He handed me the blade before bending to lift his bag. I shook my head at the pain meds.
He shrugged before carefully bandaging the wound, “You need to irrigate the wound and have it sutured close.”
I nodded, “thank you.”
He nodded and turned to Tio, “He is in stasis?”
I struggled into my shirt, “for another hour or so.”
After I put on my jacket we left and Amanda pushed me into the car, “take something or I’ll put you out myself.”
I smiled and relaxed as Dragon slipped into my lap, “You still haven’t done your homework.”
She glanced at me as she slid into the vehicle and absently lifted, “What did I miss?”
I rubbed Dragon’s chin, “I can’t use pain meds or sedatives. My body was altered slightly so I can tell it to release natural chemicals my body produces.”
She shook her head as she began a slower trip back to the marshals building, “At least Denison Tio is no longer our problem.”
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